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KFHS Physics Syllabus

Physics I/I-Honors

This syllabus is a general outline of topics to be covered during the 1999-2000
school year in Mrs. Salter's Physics I/I-Honors classes. Details for each section can
be found on the Physics I homework page and the Physics I-Honors homework page.

General Syllabus

Fall Semester 1999
  1. Scientific techniques and Algebraic review
    1. Lab procedures
      1. Lab equipment
      2. Recording data correctly
      3. Error analysis (ongoing instruction)
    2. Algebraic review
      1. Manipulating equations
      2. Significant figures
  2. Newtonian Mechanics
    1. Kinematics (displacement, velocity,
      acceleration, vectors and vector algebra/trigonometry)
      1. Motion in one dimension
      2. Motion in two dimensions (projectiles)
    2. Newton's laws of motion
      1. Static equilibrium (1st law)
      2. Force, mass and acceleration (2nd law)
      3. Systems of two or more bodies (3rd law)
    3. Systems of particles, linear momentum
      1. Impulse and momentum
      2. Conservation of linear momentum
    4. Work, energy, power
      1. Work and work-energy theorem
      2. Kinetic and potential energy
      3. Conservation of energy
      4. Power
      5. Pendulums
    5. Circular Motion, rotation, gravity
      ( Honors course)
      1. Uniform circular motion
      2. Newton's law of gravity
      3. Kepler's laws of planetary motion
      4. Pendulums
    6. Simple Machines
      1. Efficiency
      2. Levers
      3. Heat engines
Spring Semester 2000
  1. Thermal Physics
    1. Temperature and heat
      1. Mechanical equivalent of heat
      2. Specific and latent heat
      3. Calorimetry ( Honors course)
      4. Heat transfer and hot air ballons
  2. Waves and Optics - Part I
    1. Wave motion
      1. Properties of traveling and standing waves
      2. Doppler effect
      3. Resonance and musical instruments (Honors course)
  3. Waves and Optics - Part II
    1. Geometric optics
      1. Reflection and refraction
      2. Mirrors and lenses
      3. Telescopes ( Honors course)
    2. Physical optics ( Honors course)
      1. Interference and diffraction
      2. Dispersion of light and the
        electromagnetic spectrum
  4. Electricity and Magnetism
    1. Electrostatics
      1. Charge, field, and potential
      2. Coulomb's law and field/potential of point charges
      3. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions
    2. Conductors and capacitors
      1. Electrostatics with conductors
      2. Capacitors
    3. Electric circuits
      1. Current, resistance, power
      2. Steady state direct current circuits
    4. Magnetostatics
      1. Magnetic poles, forces and fields
      2. Electromagnetic motors
  5. Nuclear Physics (If time allows)
    1. Nuclear physics
      1. Radioactivity and half-life
      2. Nuclear reactions

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This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center.


© July, 1999 Kellie Salter
http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/kasalter/